Often we worry about others and their needs and wants- a spouse, children, parents, boss, etc. Being mindful of others and wanting to always help one another is important. Gandhi once said that “You find yourself when you lose yourself in the service of others”. But we too often forget to care for ourselves and listen to our bodies. Spending time with the kids and creating memories that will last forever is a priceless opportunity that we should take full advantage of whenever we can. A tip to create both a memory with the apple of our eyes and also listen to the needs of our bodies (usually rest after working, caring for the family, running errands, etc.) is having a movie night. No need to go out to dinner and spend money on tickets for a movie, rather get pre-prepared pizza dough (try your local super market or even pizza restaurant to see if they have dough to sell) and get some little hands in the kitchen creating your own pizza. Rent a movie, pop some popcorn, throw blankets and pillows everywhere and enjoy time with the kids on the couch. Setting a day into your week or month to do this sets personal time with the kids to ensure you get quality time together while also making a habit that the kids will remember and look forward to every week/month.

Drink plenty of water during the day to stay hydrated, the body temperature can be more readily regulated, and it’s so healthy for all body systems. Take time for yourself whenever you find a free minute; look back on the day and let go of all the negativity bringing you down, reflect on the good and find ways to focus on the positive everyday, and when you’ve recognized everything, take a deep breath and relax. The little things we focus and worry about on the day to day basis are so minute in the grand scheme of things. Focus on the positive everyday instead of the negative. Sometimes easier said than done, but finding time to relax and focus on what our bodies need most; what muscles are achy, do we need more water or nutrients, are we stressing on such small areas of life; is important not only for one’s own self but also for those around us. After all smiles are contagious. Pass on the good!

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